With a splash of oil, the teppanyaki grill erupts into an orange blaze. Not far off, chefs slice and roll fresh seafood at the sushi bar. Each of Bayridge Sushi's three locations immerses guests in the Japanese dining experience, complemented by stylish, modern interiors with touches such as lantern-like lighting, flat-screen televisions, and chopsticks hand-carved by master carpenters. In addition to its array of sushi and Japanese dishes, the menu also offers Japanese beers Sapporo and Asahi.
In Asian Retreat And Nail Salon's stone manicures and pedicures, rocks take a starring role. Nail technicians ease tension from appendages with massaging stones, and handcrafted stones nestle between toes to stretch and relax the many muscles in each foot.
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s menu jump-starts salivary glands with plentiful portions of fresh fish tucked into tasty rolls, curry dishes, and more. Tempura-fried shrimp, vegetables, or chicken ($8.25–$10.25) kick off meals before sushi and sashimi extinguish blazing sea-creature cravings. Those who prefer fare without fins can opt for chicken ($9.50), pork ($9.50), or steak teriyaki ($12.75), and noodle lovers can seek satisfying spoonfuls in the nabeyaki udon ($10.95). Green-tea, ginger, or red-bean ice cream ($2.95) finish the feast, and a bevy of beverages, such as sake ($3–$8.75) and plum wine ($3.75), lets diners toast anniversaries or successful chopsticks-pinned updos. The eatery’s wooden walls, hanging glow lamps, and wide windows create a warm ambience, perfect for impressing first dates with artful eyebrow wiggles. A seat at the sushi bar grants a front-row seat for culinary magic.
At Mikado Japanese Cuisine, art is not hung, but served horizontally. Expertly sliced fish nestles against lettuce leaves inside a miniature wooden boat, and sprigs of blooming flowers garnish snugly wrapped maki rolls. Clearly, the chefs behind the sushi bar put presentation on the same high pedestal as culinary finesse. Their emphasis on eye-catching edibles has helped to propel the restaurant's growth, transforming it from a single tiny sushi shop into three expanded establishments.
At each one, diners can peruse a menu of 31 specialty rolls, including the Hot Mama—a compilation of smoked salmon, avocado, crab, bay scallops, tempura crunch, and cinnamon-honey sauce. Fresh fish also arrives as nigiri, sashimi, and sushi, creating oceanic complements to grilled hibachi steaks at the Lake Mary location. Tempura shrimp and fried vegetables accompany toasty bowls of udon and soba soups, and appetizers range from skewered barbecue chicken to baby octopus, which only differs from adult octopus in that it never learned to count its tentacles.
At Bikkuri Sushi, colorful inventive rolls filled with crab, salmon, avocado, and sweet potato share table space with traditional meals of udon soup, beef sukiyaki, chicken donburi, and vegetable tempura. Guests capture ramen noodles, scallops, and dumplings between the pincers of their chopsticks, or savor the complex tastes of ocean-fresh tuna, conch, and yellowtail nigiri. Diners pair bento box feasts of tofu curry and fried rice with sips of dry sake, imported Japanese beers, and potent cocktails. And at the attached Bikkuri Lounge, up to 130 party guests sing karaoke and dance amid the EV sound system, raised dance platform, and LED disco wall lights,.
Chef Jim Wu strives to create food that's both delicious and healthy. As such, he never uses food coloring, lard, or MSG in any of his sushi, steak, and other Japanese cuisine creations. His menu also includes a large selection of vegetarian items, and he hosts cooking classes on Saturday mornings at no charge. But after eating his artful maki and other creations, some guests may never want to cook again.
At Fujiyama Sushi, sushi chefs painstakingly craft specialty rolls while skilled teppanyaki cooks dazzle patrons, flipping and chopping meals before their eyes. The selection of sushi rolls ranges from basic California and sweet-potato rolls to the chef's specialty Irish roll—a combination of spicy salmon, cream cheese, and asparagus topped with slices of kiwi. For a hot meal, diners can roast their sushi rolls over Bic lighters or opt for dinner around a teppanyaki grill, where preternaturally coordinated cooks fling shrimp onto plates or directly into waiting mouths.